SAE Study: Turn Signal Neglect More Dangerous Than Distracted Driving

The Detroit Bureau - May 1, 2012

Research by the Soci­ety of Auto­mo­tive Engi­neers says dri­vers fail to use their turn sig­nals 2 bil­lion times each day. The study says the prob­lem results in about 2 mil­lion road­way col­li­sions annu­al­ly, more than twice the 950,000 acci­dents linked to dis­tract­ed dri­ving. The SAE sug­gests an alter­na­tive it calls the “Smart Turn Sig­nal” that would flash with a reminder if it sens­es a dri­ver rou­tine­ly ignores their turn sig­nal.

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